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There's still more to the mask than it seems...
There's still more to the mask than it seems...

Welcome back to By The Week. It looks like things HAVE gotten a lot more intense than last time. Let's see how.

Disclaimer: This will spoil some of the episode since I will talk about some huge parts! To watch the episode in question, You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one (or when a week passes for those episodes to be available for free).

Breakdown and Thoughts

Aogiri's major plan is now completely in motion. The CCG has been housing high-ranked ghouls in a high-security prison (I can't remember the place's real name, so I'll just call it a Prison because this is what it sounds like. A jailbreak.) and Aogiri manages to break in and causes the biggest scene in the show so far. Not only that they manage to break out what looked like all the prisoners, it appears some of them had some grudges over the prisoners while another was a shocking hurdle that Amon apparently got through. So does Ayato, but the most mysterious (and intense) battle belongs to two sections. Kaneki and a rival of the late Rize's and the intense ghoul raid fight that Kotaro Amon and Akira Mado got roped in. Between these many battles, they will only escalate a lot further, but by how much?

After patching up some of the events from the last episode, this was really what Aogiri went for, but it sounds like Kaneki's true goal is somewhat involved with his own past as it seemed. Despite all of the pieces laid out, waiting to be solved in this scenario, it ended up being a very good episode on that end. There are more things to be considered, but hopefully this will end up being more of an awesome series from here onwards.

Highlights

The unexpected start to the Psycho Parade of the week
The unexpected start to the Psycho Parade of the week
I do the same thing with some of my things too (especially the new ones)
I do the same thing with some of my things too (especially the new ones)
This isn't helping my monster girl fetish one bit. ;P
This isn't helping my monster girl fetish one bit. ;P
This dude's carrying a digestive system as a weapon. Looks like you need a lot of enemies to keep that junk at bay.
This dude's carrying a digestive system as a weapon. Looks like you need a lot of enemies to keep that junk at bay.
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I find myself to be into messy hair a lot more often since 2011.
I find myself to be into messy hair a lot more often since 2011.

Welcome back to By the Week! Let's cut to the chase because I'm gonna need to get this out of my chest right now.

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. To watch the episode in question, You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one (or when a week passes for those episodes to be available for free).

Breakdown and Thoughts

More is brewing, but a lot is already happening. We get some Aogiri action in the beginning in the form of the rescue of a nutcase that was a servant to someone. While there, a rumor about Kaneki eating the hostage's superior was popped up by the gourmet ghoul in the aftermath of the rescue (I could never remember that jerk-off's name). Meanwhile, Touka gets to visit the college that Kaneki used to attend since season one, before and after the tragic accident that turned him into a ghoul and looks interested, despite the fact that she's shaken about his change in teams, which poor Hinami is unaware about once a newscast about him surfaces. We also get the glimpse of an author of the rather suspicious books Kaneki and Hinami were reading in Season One.

This is actually having me on the edge of my seat about the non-Ainteku side of the ghouls. Since this is confirmed not to be based on the manga at all from here on, it adds even more mystery to the show for me. I want to see how farther things go here, provided that a new major battle might surface for Aogiri Tree, The Mysterious Ghouls and Kaneki.

Highlights

Nah, man. You didn't have to push it down. Normally, you raise that way up.
Nah, man. You didn't have to push it down. Normally, you raise that way up.
The weatherman didn't note us about THIS kind of storm!
The weatherman didn't note us about THIS kind of storm!
Is it just me, or does that look a bit straightforward?
Is it just me, or does that look a bit straightforward?
Even these two are suspecting something about the last pic!
Even these two are suspecting something about the last pic!
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No, I haven't. If I had checked out the most generic show this season, THEN you can say that.
No, I haven't. If I had checked out the most generic show this season, THEN you can say that.

Welcome back to By The Week! The third episode of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE has arrived and it looks like I fell in love with the series fully. (Well, damn.)

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. You can legally watch this via Crunchyroll and FUNimation, provided that you have subscribed to either one for this episode until a week passes.

Breakdown and Thoughts

During the days of the preparation of a “Mr. World”-esque pageant that happens to be monthly, there's an ace ballet dancer who happens to be full of himself. So full of himself, that he's advertising his club in the worst way possible. While the Earth Defense Club find some funny and interesting ways to draw in their own possible voters, the Student Council chooses the next monster, whom becomes a Black Swan which has a low-key reference to both Rue Kuroha of Princess Tutu (whom references a raven instead, though) and someone in particular from Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story due to its design.

In the aftermath of all of this, the humor was a step up from last episode and a lot more fun, questionable moments aside. While there is some background to the vices of some of the Earth Defense Club members, there's also the Narcissus reference from the Ballet Ace himself, but his case was the complete opposite of the lore. (Most likely the ones I read about in the Shin Megami Tensei games). It's being really fun so far and I hope that it gets more fun from here.

Highlights

Protip: One of the places not to do a Pirouette is a BATHHOUSE. With only a towel.
Protip: One of the places not to do a Pirouette is a BATHHOUSE. With only a towel.
Thanks, but you&squot;re doing the mime for "Love" completely wrong!
Thanks, but you're doing the mime for "Love" completely wrong!

(Here's the correct one via TheDanceBuzz)

Should be safe. At least he doesn&squot;t have Giselle&squot;s Deadly Flowers. That&squot;s on the "Do Not" list for hugging!
Should be safe. At least he doesn't have Giselle's Deadly Flowers. That's on the "Do Not" list for hugging!
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SO glad that I got to this in time. Thank you!
SO glad that I got to this in time. Thank you!

Welcome back to By The Week! Here, I continue on to the second episode of Tokyo Ghoul Root A and see what the tale will bring this time...

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one.

Breakdown and Thoughts

It appears that we're in the aftermath of the storm. While Aogiri is planning something mysterious, we get some development involving Ainteiku and the CCG. While the former is just resuming their business as usual with nothing out of the ordinary (except for a birthday, a suspicious invite and some college exams), the latter has a lot more going on. Amon gets to look after the daughter of Mado, his previous mentor and we get some small reveals on Aogiri's side afterwards. The biggest focus was on the CCG side due to their new members and the plans of hunting the Rabbit (Touka) and the Eyepatch (Kaneki) while doing some research about the aftermath of Binge Eater case from Season One.

As for how I feel about the development, it's pretty solid on the get-go and there were some moments that were fun (not every day that you get to ask a mentor out that happened to be your former superior's daughter.) I do get the feeling that Touka seems like she's escaping from something on her end from continuing her studies, but as it seems, something interesting may go down in the next episode after all of this.

Highlights

The face when you find that no good person at school for the new semester/quarter.
The face when you find that no good person at school for the new semester/quarter.
I'd actually marvel my own modifications too.
I'd actually marvel my own modifications too.
Actually, She's rather cute, but she has things in her sleeve. I can sense it.
Actually, She's rather cute, but she has things in her sleeve. I can sense it.
The face when you're broke AF and the food's too high.
The face when you're broke AF and the food's too high.
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I came across some info about this show via RocketNews24 about a comedy series about a quintet of Magical Guys. Yes, we got a Magical Girl parody show where the mains are all male. The premise did get some controversy involving target audiences in some sites, including AnimeNewsNetwork, but I thought it would end up being very fun despite being a 23-year old male. Turns out after two episodes...

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episodes. Please watch the episodes in question starting with the first one via Crunchyroll.com.

Breakdown and Thoughts

“Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!” is about an sudden encounter by a strange animal at the school that warns five guys from a school club that's literally just a hangout about an evil force that's turning people that have lost their resolve or are in despair and turn them into monsters that plan to destroy or transform all of humanity. They end up being bound by a force that transforms the quintet into Magical Guys to take care of these monsters and restore the balance with the enhanced power of “Love”. Yes, you read that right. There's also a rival gang that's causing the trouble around the school.

I came in thinking that it won't be as funny, but I was relieved after seeing that the first two episodes were hilarious. The introductions to both groups were handled well and there were a lot of funny moments already. There are also references to the Sailor Moon and Pretty Cure franchises in terms of the character designs and some of their actions. Don't worry about having to see a bunch of Magical Girl shows before this since the show happens to be casual-friendly instead of being heavily referenced.

I hope this show ends up being one of the best comedy shows I've seen as this progresses. I know that's going a bit far since 2015 just started, but it's that fun to me.

Highlights

Well, I can get used to this.
Well, I can get used to this.
Love's a hell of a drug.
Love's a hell of a drug.
Hate when that happens.
Hate when that happens.
I guessed right when I asked if he was "flavoring" the tea.
I guessed right when I asked if he was "flavoring" the tea.
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